Royal Shetland Race for The Queen’s Birthday
A Royal Shetland Race in honour of The Queen’s 90th birthday took place earlier today, 9th May 2016, at Royal Windsor Racecourse. Six Shetland ponies charged down the Windsor straight over two and three quarter furlongs (approx. 550 metres), with all riders donning the distinctive and prestigious Royal jockey silks owned by Her Majesty The Queen. Each of the ponies were temporarily re-named after one of the Queen’s most successful racehorses and included the likes of a mini ‘Estimate’ whose great namesake famously won the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot in 2013.
The Royal race was won by Dunfermline (also known as Torro at home) and ridden by 13-year-old Digby Sheperd from Damerham in Hampshire, with Aureole (ridden by Eve Bacon) in second and Pall Mall (ridden by Syd Macaulay) back in third.